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Former Wis. Official Says Walker, Schimel Drove Him to Brink of Suicide

Former Wis. Official Says Walker, Schimel Drove Him to Brink of Suicide Photo: WDIO-TV, file

Created: August 10, 2018 11:15 AM

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A former Wisconsin prisons secretary says in a new book that Gov. Scott Walker and Attorney General Brad Schimel drove him to the brink of suicide.

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Walker appointed Ed Wall prison secretary in 2012. Wall resigned in 2016 amid allegations of widespread abuse at the state's youth prison.

State law permitted Wall to return to his previous job as a state Department of Justice administrator. Schimel gave him his job back but demoted him and placed him on leave.

Ed Wall writes in his new book, "Unethical," that he was so depressed he couldn't return to DOJ that he put his gun in his mouth. He wrote that he wanted Walker and Schimel to know how badly they had hurt him.

Walker spokeswoman Amy Hasenberg calls the accusations baseless. Hasenberg said in an email to The Associated Press that Wall's allegations are false attacks coming from someone fired from DOJ for asking a state worker to break the law.

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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